The Incoherence of Libertarianism

Richard Oxenberg
Emory University (PhD)
In this essay I argue that the ethical and political position known as libertarianism is logically incoherent and, as such, cannot serve as a sound basis for either political theory or public policy. Given that the libertarian position is frequently used to provide the rationale for many of the economic (if not the social) policies of the right, a recognition of this incoherence is especially relevant to us today.
Keywords Libertarianism  Economic Justice  Property Rights  Natural Rights  Natural Law  Political Theory  Social Justice  Distributive Justice
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